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Switching on the Festive Lights.
On the calm, dry evening of Thursday the 20th of November, Seahouses experienced half an hour of Christmas carols led by members of the Village Voices choir while awaiting the arrival of a Very Important Person. He then made sure that Ruby Pearson was fully briefed for the important task of switching on the Seahouses Christmastide Festive Lights display.


Front and back of the book.
"OLD SEAHOUSES", the new glossy paperback by historian/poet Katrina Porteous, has reached the shops in Seahouses. An historic collection of sixty-four black and white photos, all are fully described even including the names of individuals shown and the identity and ownership of many of the vessels and buildings, thanks evidently to impeccable research. Apart from the 1866 OS map showing the two communities of North Sunderland and Sea Houses, the photos date from the very earliest years of the twentieth century up to the 1950s. Many features have disappeared altogether, like the railway, the Scottish herring girls - indeed the whole herring industry - and the Crumstone cows being milked in the field. But it is fascinating to see how the layouts of the harbour, streets and buildings shown compare with their current versions.
The book's cash sale price in Cubby's as elsewhere is just £9.00. For those needing on-line details the ISBN is 97818 4033 6825, from publisher Stenlake Publishing Limited,


Memorial service, early stages. Chairman of the Parish Council, Geoffrey Stewart, read the ROLL of HONOUR of the fallen in wars since 1914, before laying the first poppy wreath on the plinth of Seahouses war memorial, on the Main Street roundabout.
Memorial service, wreath laying.
Other military, civilian and youth organisations then laid their tributes.
Local residents of all ages were involved.

The fine morning of Remembrance Sunday saw the regular North Sea trading vessel FALCON taking a coastal route seawards of Holy Island (of course!) but inshore of the Farne Island group on its way southwards.
Motor Vessel Falcon.
And geese were on migration southwards too!
Migrating geese in flight.

RNLI logo.
Golf ball recycling in aid of R N L I Lifeboats (three for a £1) has moved along Main Street to the blue premises of Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages at number 46, opposite the Co-Op.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages.

First lights on Main Street.
The last day of October was chosen by the faithful Seahouses Festive Lights volunteers to start their pre-Christmas chores. Strings of lights across the streets and wall-mounted units will probably be complemented with a few special isolated features. And they're not confined to Main Street: North Street and North Sunderland, and St. Aidan's too! Switch-on: 20th November.

Village Voices in Methodist Church.
The ranks of our local Village Voices choir were thinned by last-minute infections for their Saturday evening concert in the Methodist Church, Seahouses on October the fourth. Nevertheless Chairman George was able to fulfil his role as Master of Ceremonies for the full programme of choral and solo items. Siblings Jackie and John were in duet, accompanied by Pat, as ever. Pat's later solo item on the piano was "The Piano" theme from "The Piano" film. In between, Barbara gave a recitation. These were all in a choral environment composed of Bach chorales and the Vicar of Dibley's Psalm 23; seasonal John Rutter anthems; with Bobby Shaftoe on The Water of Tyne; and others including a couple of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Vanessa was in valued over-all command as Conductor. Refreshments followed!
PS: New members come to the Methodist Church rooms at 7 o'clock this Thursday.

BMVC in St. Paul's Church.
The evening of Friday the 4th of October brought the Berwick Male Voice Choir down to Seahouses once again, this time to a performance in St. Paul's Church, North Sunderland. Always enjoyable, the programme spanned a Welsh hymn; Gilbert and Sullivan; Lennon and McCartney; and Handel, as well as that familiar source, "Trad", and others. Robin Cheer fulfilled a five-fold function as Master of Ceremonies introducing the items; as arranger for male voice choir of several of the items; as conductor; as clarinet soloist; and as husband of accompanist Isabel! The full range of the choral items was complemented by John Weightman's solos. There's much more about the choir on their own website.

Morris Dancers on Seafield corner.
Seahouses is fortunate to enjoy periodic visits by the Ebor Morris Dancers coming north to us from York. Their own four-part orchestra animates the range of traditional dances with their energetic wavings and turnings, formations and progressions. If you missed their various performances around the village you can sample some of their previous demonstrations via the videos on their website.

Runners negotiating the Seahouses route.
Not all the St. Oswalds Ultra runners were set on the full one-hundred-mile (160 km) challenge! Having all set off from Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island at 7.00 am (yes, 0700 hours) on Saturday the 20th of September, they were fairly strung out by the time they had progressed down the Northumberland Coast Path and St. Oswald's Way as far as Seahouses. Some would finish their runs at Craster after a less daunting 50 km (31 miles): others would compromise with their double distance, 100 km (62 miles), via Warkworth to finish inland at Rothbury. Overnight runners were allowed 36 hours to cover the full distance to Chollerford - NE46 4EW if you're not sure where that is! You can check the data and details on the St. Oswalds Ultra website with its link to St. Oswald's Hospice.


The reception area of the Seahouses Alnorthumbria Vets surgery was turned into a professional photographic studio one day in mid-September. It was a vital part of a charity scheme to discover 'the face of Alnorthumbria Pets'. For their charitable donation folk could have their dog or cat or rabbit or ... whatever photographed by Rebecca Ashworth Photography and entered into the competition. Charities benefiting were SHAK, BARK, Alexa's Animals, red squirrels and MUSHER (Husky rescue).
Pet photo studio.

Off the outer harbour.


The schools have gone back but that doesn't mean that Seahouses closes for the winter! Even on a rather dull morning in mid-September there is plenty of scope for activities in and around the village, along the AONB coast and on the water. This scene was just off the outermost harbour rocks. The small yacht had to motor for lack of any wind, but that calm made ideal conditions for these board sailors to try out the latest addition to the repertoire of water sports.
There's a rare opportunity to join the commercial resources of this seaside village community. Number 35 Main Street is a modest retail outlet right in the centre of the shopping section of Main Street. It's available to rent: details are available from the agents on 01665 603581.


The 2015 edition of the Seahouses Calendar is now available from the Sue Ryder charity shop at 11 Main Street, Seahouses, between Pinnacles and the Olde Ship Hotel at the sea end of the village. Produced locally, well over half the cover price of £4.95 is retained by the charity.

Twelve iconic Seahouses pictures adorn the cover: each then features on its own month display along with public holidays and other events, leaving space for your own appointments and notes. A plain white envelope is included.

If you are unable to call in, phone the Sue Ryder shop on 01665 721652 instead.
Front cover of the calendar.
The Seahouses Tea Towel.

For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.

Divers are supplied with air compressed into cylinders here. Some one-time news items of possible historic interest are stored on our News Archive page.